“As a family we can really say this year was a game changer for us all, each of the children have grown in confidence and happiness and I have also gained so much from witnessing their growth and in my own self-confidence. I believe this has come due to your wonderful foundation and our awesome holiday.”
Annalise and her family, Emmett three years, Jospeh six years, Geoffrey eight years, Jethro nine years and Lleyton 16 years, were referred by the principal from their primary school. The family had experienced horrific domestic volience. Since 2015, when they left, they had moved to a refuge, to emergency accommodation, back to the refuge, then to private rentals until they found their current home.
The family’s first ever holiday, in June 2018, was to Lorne. They stayed at the Mantra in a two bedroom apartment and visited, with complimentary admission, Lorne Sea Baths, Otway Fly Treetop Adventures and the Great Ocean Road Wildlife Park.
Kat Stewart, one of our Ambassadors, interviewed Annalise at our inaugural Social Tourism Forum in October 2018 about the impact of her family’s first ever holiday. There was not ‘a dry eye in the house’.
Since then, Annalise has gone on to get a job, and she regularly volunteers for the Magical Getaway Foundation to give back to help other families like hers. Annalise is a true testament to social tourism and to show that, it’s not about the holiday, it’s what the holiday brings.
“These will certainly be wonderful memories for my family to keep for a lifetime. Our experience has helped with our healing, and I believe that with each great memory puts a brick in the wall that helps build a wall away from the trauma these boys have experienced. Their first ever holiday has given many different experiences, knowledge and memories that I would never have been able to give them by myself.”